Lawyer 'Had Plastic Surgery Due to Mother's Taunts'

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A BARRISTER who was a student in Newcastle told the High Court yesterday that she had plastic surgery to get rid of the ugliness which her mother taunted her about.

Constance Briscoe, now a 51-year-old part-time judge, said that she used her university grant to pay for operations on the bridge and bottom of her nose, her upper and lower lip and eventually her eyes.

"I had it because my mother had for a very long time called me ugly, and I was conscious of my looks and I wanted to get rid of the ugliness."

Ms Briscoe said that she had bad acne when she was younger and, by the time she was 14, had to wear a wig to conceal hair loss.

Ms Briscoe is being sued for libel by her mother, Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell, over allegations of sustained childhood cruelty and neglect made in her 2006 memoirs, Ugly. The 74-year-old mother of 11, who is also suing publisher Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, has denied her allegations and told Mr Justice Tugendhat and a London jury that her relationship with her daughter as a child was a loving one. …